Voodoo Ranger IPA | New Belgium Brewing

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3.79/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bursting with tropical aromas and juicy fruit flavors from Mosaic and Amarillo hops, this golden IPA is perfectly bitter with a refreshing, sublime finish.

Added by zeff80 on 12-11-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,370
Reviews:
210
Ratings:
848
pDev:
10.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of doktorhops
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Liberty Yakima Monster now New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA? That’s it – I’m declaring this my week of classic West Coast style brews! Voodoo Ranger IPA is a beer I’ve been looking forward to for a while, even though I was impressed with my first New Belgium beer: Citradelic Tangerine IPA (let’s face facts: that was a total Fanta bomb and I’m not afraid to label it how I taste it). However there’s little chance this American IPA, with Mosaic and Amarillo hops (two fantastic hop varietals), could go wrong – it’s a no-brainer of a brew, typical West Coast style with awesome hops, slam dunk aimrite? “Yes Doc, you are indeed correct”, thank you dear reader, now let’s get this damn show on the road.

Poured from a 355ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Clear golden body with a nice chunky 1 centimetre almost-white head that looks far denser than most IPA heads (looks almost like a nitro Stout head) and it leaves similar thick lace rings as it goes down (like a nitro stout would). Pretty impressive looking beer right here... although the head did then fade after a while. 8/10.

S: Piney/earthy/citrus notes, touch of tropical punch – a bit like an overripe jack-fruit note, although that dirty/pine needle character lingers throughout like it would in a standard West Coast American IPA. Hint of caramel/biscuit malt base in there too. Overall aroma is BIG and chunky, looking forward to the next bit. 8/10.

T: Hell yeah, this takes me back to the days when beers were in-yo-face, piney and citrusy – in fact it reminds me of Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA, Voodoo Ranger is like some sort of love letter to SN and their dry-hopping-round-the-world escapades. This is good. Is it great? Sort of, Voodoo Ranger has a lot going for it – a touch of rubber too, grassy hop back note, crisp towards the finish, snapping back with a bold herbal hop bitterness – but the world really has moved on from this style somewhat. 8/10.

M: Medium bodied with a dense but assertive carbonation and a touch of hop oiliness on the tongue. 8/10.

D: The above might sound negative, though it shouldn’t as this is a great brew, a tad in the shadow of giants, a tad old-fashioned now, like an A-grade actor who has had their day in the spotlight – it still puts on a performance, but that younger actor… let’s call him Keith Neipa, is getting all the roles and plaudits, however I still love seeing Bruce Ipa on the big screen from time to time. 9/10.

Food match: Doc’s old favourite: Pad Thai with fresh chilli.

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Photo of riceshoes
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of stratusjeans
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jyoung538
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered. Low alcohol. More complex than hazy little thing.

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Photo of depechemode1983
3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear light copper in color. The head is off-white and a dense foam. There is a good amount of even lacing around the glass in the form of rings.

The nose is simple. There some bitter orange and grapefruit with a mild malt sweetness to help balance. Its on the bitter side.

The taste is nicely balance. Citric and piney bitterness slap you in the face but mellows out with some sweetness quite fast. Then comes a lingering bitter aftertaste. Good although a little underwhelming in terms of complexity.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat juicy. Carbonation seems to hit the mark as well. Feels good.

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Photo of curlybird
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jimpyle48
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I found a bottle of Voodoo Ranger at a conference in downtown Los Angeles, CA/USA.
Look: Voodoo Ranger has a medium amount of foam.
Smell: Voodoo Ranger has a sugary aroma.
Taste: Voodoo Ranger tastes like pineapple juice with a beer aftertaste.
Feel: Voodoo Ranger has good amounts of carbonation.
Overall: Voodoo Ranger is an IPA which tastes like pineapples.

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Photo of MKrauss
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Low_Hanging_Hops
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GearsBeers
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VoxRationis
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 mi) bottle into a conical pint glass; reads "Enjoy by 17 June 2018."
A: Pours a hazy amber color with an impressive, foamy (>one inch) head. Very strong head retention and serious Belgian lacing.
S: Aroma includes pine/evergreen, peach, mango, and citrus (lime > lemon), as well as bread to toast.
T: Taste matches nose, with lime to grapefruit citrus and pine predominant. Maybe a bit Tutti-fruity. Sweetness of caramel malts still present, but relatively light bitterness for the style.
M: Light to medium bodied; good persistence of carbonation. Crisp, tart finish.
O: A very well conceived and executed American India Pale Ale. Really enjoyed the myriad of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of white_pony21
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Voodoo Ranger pours a copper color, with a big lacing, long lasting head. Nice rich balanced aroma. Flavor is pretty balanced, with a noticeable hop flavor near the end. Weaker flatter body. Overall, a nice drinking IPA.

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Photo of Fieceheart
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can into nonic pint glass. Pours a nice classic golden color. It's very drinkable which belies the 7% abv. I'm not getting anything but the bittering hops. It's a tasty liquid for sure but slightly one note. A little grassiness, which I like. Certainly not getting the juicy, fruity flavors as described (thankfully, in my case) I enjoy the lingering bitterness on the palate and I appreciate that it's not coming across as sweet and that nothing's jumping out as 'wrong' to me but I think i would like a bit more hop presence of pine resin or floral character to be coming through. A serviceable beer but nothin to write home about... Or to rave about on the internet.

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Photo of bigbutter
3.01/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.19/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of megamick
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of robotic_being
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pkjorgy
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Voodoo Ranger IPA from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 848 ratings